Desert Oasis Healthcare (DOHC) opened its doors on July 1, 1981 as Primary Care of Palm Springs. From those modest beginnings at a single location, DOHC has evolved to become one of the largest medical groups in the desert communities of southern California. Over the last 40 years, DOHC has continued to advance with changes in primary and immediate care, home health, palliative care, clinical research studies, and much more.
Throughout those years, the DOHC commitment has also grown to the many local nonprofit organizations whose missions help individuals and families, young and old, in the DOHC service area of the Coachella Valley and Greater Morongo Basin of Riverside and San Bernardino counties.
“Helping us all live healthier lives is the passion of so many great nonprofits right here in our backyards. Whether they are fighting hunger, providing social services, or treating chronic and terminal health conditions, each of these organizations is serving a worthwhile cause,” said Dr. Marc Hoffing, DOHC Medical Director. “We have selected 10 organizations that we think can use a bit more of our help during these difficult times. As COVID-19 has proven, there is always more work to be done.”
Community votes will determine which organizations receive a share of $40,000
While DOHC has regularly donated many times more this amount to local nonprofits annually in recent years, this special gift of $40,000 for their 40th anniversary is in recognition of the tagline DOHC has used for many years: “Your Health. Your Life. Our Passion.”
Now, DOHC is asking the community to determine the amounts that each of the 10 nonprofits will receive on July 1 by visiting where they will find an online ballot. While each of the 10 nonprofits will receive at least $1,000, the organization receiving the greatest number of votes from the community will receive a donation of $12,000 from DOHC. Second, third, and fourth most votes will receive $10,000, $7,000, and $5,000 respectively. Fifth through tenth will each receive $1,000.
Each person may vote only one time, during the period of June 1-28. Each vote, ranking the nonprofit organizations from 1 through 10, will help determine the amounts each organization will receive from the total of $40,000. All votes are secure and confidential, collected and analyzed by a third party, and reported to DOHC at the close of the voting period. On or soon after July 1, DOHC will send checks for the amounts corresponding to total votes received to each of the 10 nonprofit organizations.
Caring, empathetic DOHC employees make it all possible
“We follow a ‘care team’ approach at DOHC, where the patient’s primary care physician leads a team of multi-disciplinary members including nurses, pharmacists, medical assistants, and others,” Hoffing said. “Each of these employees is invested in the care of their patients who know that they can get answers to their health questions 24/7.”
Recently earning top honors in the Urgent Care category, the readers of The Desert Sun voted DOHC “Best of Desert 2020” for its four Immediate Care Clinics in Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Indio, and Yucca Valley. For the second year in a row, DOHC has also received recognition on the Fortune Best Workplaces in Health Care, moving from #27 in 2020 to #11 in 2021.
“But none of that happens without happy employees who feel they are being respected and heard by their managers. We give as good as we get from our incredible employees and they returned the favor by voting DOHC as a Great Place to Work,” Hoffing continued. “Our Employee Success Program is always looking for ways to improve staff health, while offering them education and fun at the same time. With this continued partnership, we’re looking forward to the next 40 years!”